Step by Step of Rochester, Inc.
May 30, 2010
Going into the jail each week is often an anxious experience, but coming out, having shared of ourselves and participated in the workshop in just the same way as the women we serve, it is immensely satisfying, and sometimes it is downright exhilirating. As women in our groups begin to share from their life experiences in the program's activities, we find that trust is built, people examine their lives, we learn from each other, we discover new ways of thinking about ourselves, we experience sisterhood--so many good things happen!
At our most recent graduation from an 8-week workshop, one young woman declared that this was the first time she had ever graduated from ANYTHING.
Previously I had some experience working with the incarcerated in a more free-form discussion mode. I find that the Step By Step workshops, which are highly structured and based on finding the strengths within ourselves, are incredibly powerful. They get right to the important things in life and get us all thinking about our life stories and where we want them to go.
One difficulty is that Step By Step needs more volunteers willing to do this direct, hands-on work. If I am asked to do something extra, I feel I almost HAVE to say yes.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
women who are seeking a way to change their lives. I have seen women who are inspired to head in a new direction and others whose own ideas are supported by the self-awareness, growing inner strength, and reflection that we offer them.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
truly helping people. I find, also, that I have grown as an individual.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
sincere, dedicated, and really believe in what they are doing.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I facilitate Life History Workshops for women in our county's correctional facility.